Celebrity chef Guy Fieri traded the kitchen for the courtroom Monday, testifying briefly against a Marin County teenager accused of stealing his $200,000 Lamborghini convertible, in part to impress a girl.
The spike-haired TV star and Sonoma County resident was on the stand for less than five minutes at the end of the trial of Max Wade, 19, of San Rafael.
After being sworn in and identifying himself as a chef, Fieri answered a short series of questions about when he last saw the bright yellow sports car and whether he ever gave Wade, then 17, permission to drive it.
“No, I did not,” Fieri told prosecutor Yvette Martinez as Marin County Superior Court Judge Kelly V. Simmons and jurors looked on.
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Wade's attorney, Charles Dresow, didn't cross-examine Fieri. But he objected to testimony about the car's price and a reference to Fieri's celebrity status. Both sides began closing arguments and the case was expected to go to the jury.
When the host of the Food Network's “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” stepped down, he walked outside and talked to a gathering of Bay Area news reporters.
The chatty chef said he didn't hold any grudges against whoever stole his car on March 8, 2011, while it was awaiting service at a San Francisco dealership.
The insurance company paid it off long before it was discovered last year in a Richmond storage facility rented by Wade.
Fieri said he expected it would turn up overseas.
“Like I said I'm just happy that it's done. I miss the car. It was a great car,” Fieri said. “But I'm going to move on.”
The theft was a minor concern compared to the serious allegations in the case, he said.
Police said Wade rappelled through a skylight at the Van Ness Avenue dealership and grabbed the car, driving it north to Tiburon where he tried to impress a 17-year-old Mill Valley girl by taking her for rides.